WVUA 23 Student Reporter Angelina GiancroceTUSCALOOSA, AL (WVUA) – 84 million, that’s the amount of people in the United States who are considered pre-diabetic according to the American Diabetes Association.Program coordinator at Whatley Health Services, Regina Brooks and the rest of staff are on a mission to change that number. Their new program, “Change Your Lifestyle, Change Your Life”, is designed to educate people on how they can make healthier choices.“Participant gets information from us, we are lifestyle coaches, there is five of us that do the program. We will have classes that are available outside of a four wall classroom. We can meet at the grocery store to learn about healthy shopping and reading food labels and things like that, or we may meet the park and do some walking at the park or down by the river walk or anything like that.”Eugene Middleton has been living with diabetes for 16 years said that its important to understand that preventing diabetes is very attainable, if you make the right choices.“People don’t know what they are putting in their bodies. I have friends who go to waffle house every day and are on the verge of getting type 2 diabetes. Its something that’s there in front of us but we just dont know it.”The year long program is funded by the center for disease control and in collaboration with the black women’s health imperative and is free to anyone.You don’t even have to be a Whatley patient to have access to this potentially life changing program.
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